Williamsville ousts Rockets

Williamsville ousts Rockets

WILLIAMSVILLE — Williamsville held Unity to 167 yards of total offense and five first downs in Saturday’s 45-7 second-round playoff win.

The Rockets, playing without quarterback Justin Deters, finished 8-3.

“These guys had a great run,” Unity coach Scott Hamilton said. “After a tough Week 6 loss (to Decatur St. Teresa) they committed to Unity and to each other and played well. Hats off to the seniors — they are a great group of kids. We got beat by a better team (Saturday).”

Unity drew even at 7 on a 68-yard run by Conner Grace, back in the lineup after missing the Rockets’ first-round win. From then on, it was all Williamsville. Jacob Lounsberry scored a pair of touchdowns for a 21-7 halftime lead. Nino Gigante scored on a 53-yard TD run in the third quarter and caught a 56-yard pass from Josh Lindsey in the fourth to put the game away.

Gigante led Williamsville (11-0) with 120 yards on nine carries. Lindsey rushed for 88 yards and a touchdown and passed for 195 yards and a score. The Bullets rolled up 492 yards.

Grace had 132 yards on 23 carries. The Rockets were hurt by a pair of lost fumbles and six penalties for 40 yards.

“Williamsville was bigger, stronger and faster than we were,” Hamilton said. “We made a couple mistakes, and they were able to capitalize on them. We battled and did the right things. It was just a case of not having enough horses.”